Concert Calendar

Discover the wonderful world of classical music, opera, and ballet in your area. Every week, in collaboration with our partners worldwide, we offer you a curated calendar of concerts and performances.

 

Rigoletto  |  June 02 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Verdi’s hunchbacked jester is one of the most complex and tormented figures in the entire operatic repertoire: monstrous and heartbreaking, grotesque and sublime, this tragically doomed father who seeks to save his daughter from the clutches of the duke, will be the one to kill her. The role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, in which the descending movement, from Rigoletto’s explosion of rage to his begging, confirms Verdi’s capacity to adapt traditional bel canto to the demands of theatrical verisimilitude.

Hope  |  June 02 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Hope is a triple bill with two masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and a new creation by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

L'elisir d'amore  |  June 03 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Village boy Nemorino is besotted with the wealthy Adina. She rejects his declarations of love – but fortunately the quack Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ‘love potion’ to help him win her heart. Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara’s potion and agrees to marry the arrogant Sergeant Belcore. Luckily, at the last moment she realizes she really does love Nemorino. Laurent Pelly’s sunny production of Donizetti’s joyous opera returns with two world-class casts, led by Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

Eugène Onéguine  |  June 03 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In November 1836, irritated by the French lieutenant Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès’ importunate attentions towards his wife, the beautiful Natalia Nicolaïevna Gontcharova, Alexander Pushkin challenged his rival to a duel. Inspired by this masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair.

Hope  |  June 04 2017 - 15:00

Venue : Opera, Antwerp

Hope is a triple bill with two masterpieces by Pina Bausch and Martha Graham and a new creation by Belgian-Colombian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

Marguerite and Armand  |  June 05 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Frederick Ashton created this passionate ballet to Liszt’s tempestuous Piano Sonata. It depicts the burgeoning love between Marguerite and Armand, movingly expressed through passionate lifts and increasingly free movements. However, the lovers’ happiness is threatened by social convention and the ‘gilded cage’ in which Marguerite lives – evoked by Cecil Beaton in his elegant stage designs. The final pas de deux, as Marguerite lies dying in Armand’s arms, is among the most moving in Ashton’s output.

Eugène Onéguine  |  June 06 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In November 1836, irritated by the French lieutenant Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès’ importunate attentions towards his wife, the beautiful Natalia Nicolaïevna Gontcharova, Alexander Pushkin challenged his rival to a duel. Inspired by this masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair.

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden  |  June 07 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

Listening to the Staatskapelle Dresden is always a moment of intense musical pleasure brought on by one of the most beautiful sounds in the world. The venerable German orchestra is interpreting two masterpieces from the repertoire, the beauty of which is only matched by the talent of the members of this illustrious music group. Dvořák’s Symphony n°8 confirms the melodic genius of the famous Czech composer. Mahler is also much in evidence as German baritone Matthias Goerne, accompanied by the ensemble, performs the famous Kindertotenlieder.

Marguerite and Armand  |  June 08 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Frederick Ashton created this passionate ballet to Liszt’s tempestuous Piano Sonata. It depicts the burgeoning love between Marguerite and Armand, movingly expressed through passionate lifts and increasingly free movements. However, the lovers’ happiness is threatened by social convention and the ‘gilded cage’ in which Marguerite lives – evoked by Cecil Beaton in his elegant stage designs. The final pas de deux, as Marguerite lies dying in Armand’s arms, is among the most moving in Ashton’s output.

Rigoletto  |  June 09 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Verdi’s hunchbacked jester is one of the most complex and tormented figures in the entire operatic repertoire: monstrous and heartbreaking, grotesque and sublime, this tragically doomed father who seeks to save his daughter from the clutches of the duke, will be the one to kill her. The role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, in which the descending movement, from Rigoletto’s explosion of rage to his begging, confirms Verdi’s capacity to adapt traditional bel canto to the demands of theatrical verisimilitude.

Marguerite and Armand  |  June 10 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Frederick Ashton created this passionate ballet to Liszt’s tempestuous Piano Sonata. It depicts the burgeoning love between Marguerite and Armand, movingly expressed through passionate lifts and increasingly free movements. However, the lovers’ happiness is threatened by social convention and the ‘gilded cage’ in which Marguerite lives – evoked by Cecil Beaton in his elegant stage designs. The final pas de deux, as Marguerite lies dying in Armand’s arms, is among the most moving in Ashton’s output.

La Cenerentola  |  June 10 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

“Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love my Cinderella…” Thus spoke Rossini in 1817, in the aftermath of the disastrous opening night, firmly convinced that his pumpkin would be transformed into a sumptuous carriage. The future was to prove him right. However, in moving from Perrault’s tale to the opera, the humble servant who dreams of going to the ball has lost all her magical attributes: here there is no fairy godmother to transform mice into horses, rats into coachmen and lizards into footmen with a wave of her wand.

L'elisir d'amore  |  June 11 2017 - 18:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Village boy Nemorino is besotted with the wealthy Adina. She rejects his declarations of love – but fortunately the quack Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ‘love potion’ to help him win her heart. Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara’s potion and agrees to marry the arrogant Sergeant Belcore. Luckily, at the last moment she realizes she really does love Nemorino. Laurent Pelly’s sunny production of Donizetti’s joyous opera returns with two world-class casts, led by Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin  |  June 12 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Water has always played a prominent role in music. Composers have been inspired by iridescent light reflections on water as well as its quicksilver agility and the frightening elemental forces of storm-tossed seas. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin conducted by Georg Kallweit will present compositions by Marin Marais, Michel-Richard de Lalande, Georg Philipp Telemann and George Frideric Handel, who musically describe water in highly varied moods.

Bertaud / Bouché / Paul / Valastro  |  June 13 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

Four dancers from the company are invited to reveal their latest work on the stage of the Palais Garnier. Followed and supervised by Benjamin Millepied, with the participation of William Forsythe, associate artist of the Paris Opera Ballet, they present the fruit of the work developed at the Paris Opera’s choreographic Academy

La traviata  |  June 14 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship. Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo is distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest. When Violetta is on her deathbed Germont understands the extent of her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.

Eugène Onéguine  |  June 14 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

In November 1836, irritated by the French lieutenant Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d’Anthès’ importunate attentions towards his wife, the beautiful Natalia Nicolaïevna Gontcharova, Alexander Pushkin challenged his rival to a duel. Inspired by this masterpiece of Russian literature, Tchaikovsky’s opera provides a sublime portrait – both ironic and sympathetic – of a character embittered by society life, rejecting love out of vanity, killing his friend the poet Lenski out of pride and spending the rest of his days in abject despair.

La Cenerentola  |  June 14 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

“Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love my Cinderella…” Thus spoke Rossini in 1817, in the aftermath of the disastrous opening night, firmly convinced that his pumpkin would be transformed into a sumptuous carriage. The future was to prove him right. However, in moving from Perrault’s tale to the opera, the humble servant who dreams of going to the ball has lost all her magical attributes: here there is no fairy godmother to transform mice into horses, rats into coachmen and lizards into footmen with a wave of her wand.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin & Joyce DiDonato  |  June 15 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

The press described Joyce DiDonato’s Philharmonic debut in Berlioz’s La Damnation de Faust as “ravishingly nuanced” and “angelic”. Now the charming singer can be experienced as a Berlioz interpreter again when she addresses the delicate expressivity of the cantata La Mort de Cléopâtre. Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin will also present Ravel’s delightful suite Ma Mère l’Oye and Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet music The Firebird.

Bertaud / Bouché / Paul / Valastro  |  June 15 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

Four dancers from the company are invited to reveal their latest work on the stage of the Palais Garnier. Followed and supervised by Benjamin Millepied, with the participation of William Forsythe, associate artist of the Paris Opera Ballet, they present the fruit of the work developed at the Paris Opera’s choreographic Academy

L'elisir d'amore  |  June 16 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Village boy Nemorino is besotted with the wealthy Adina. She rejects his declarations of love – but fortunately the quack Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ‘love potion’ to help him win her heart. Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara’s potion and agrees to marry the arrogant Sergeant Belcore. Luckily, at the last moment she realizes she really does love Nemorino. Laurent Pelly’s sunny production of Donizetti’s joyous opera returns with two world-class casts, led by Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

National Orchestra of Belgium  |  June 16 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The Bulgarian mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova had a meteoric rise, but has proven that she belongs among the greats. The focus here is on sacred music, in Dvořák’s Biblical Songs and Messiaen’s L’ascension, which are followed by Brahms’s Third Symphony.

La Cenerentola  |  June 17 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

“Before the carnival is over, all Rome will love my Cinderella…” Thus spoke Rossini in 1817, in the aftermath of the disastrous opening night, firmly convinced that his pumpkin would be transformed into a sumptuous carriage. The future was to prove him right. However, in moving from Perrault’s tale to the opera, the humble servant who dreams of going to the ball has lost all her magical attributes: here there is no fairy godmother to transform mice into horses, rats into coachmen and lizards into footmen with a wave of her wand.

Rigoletto  |  June 18 2017 - 14:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Verdi’s hunchbacked jester is one of the most complex and tormented figures in the entire operatic repertoire: monstrous and heartbreaking, grotesque and sublime, this tragically doomed father who seeks to save his daughter from the clutches of the duke, will be the one to kill her. The role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, in which the descending movement, from Rigoletto’s explosion of rage to his begging, confirms Verdi’s capacity to adapt traditional bel canto to the demands of theatrical verisimilitude.

Bertaud / Bouché / Paul / Valastro  |  June 18 2017 - 14:30

Venue : Palais Garnier, Paris

Four dancers from the company are invited to reveal their latest work on the stage of the Palais Garnier. Followed and supervised by Benjamin Millepied, with the participation of William Forsythe, associate artist of the Paris Opera Ballet, they present the fruit of the work developed at the Paris Opera’s choreographic Academy

Amôn Quartet  |  June 18 2017 - 11:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

Formed in 2008 in Brussels, the Amôn Quartet represents the young generation of Belgian string quartet players. The musicians' complementary relationship enables the ensemble to effortlessly and enthusiastically take advantage of the opportunities provided by the rich string quartet repertoire. Its programme is a blend of the lyrical cosmos of Benoît Mernier's "La guêpe et l'orchidée" and the romantic agitation of works by Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.

La traviata  |  June 20 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship. Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo is distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest. When Violetta is on her deathbed Germont understands the extent of her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.

Piano recital with Igor Levit II  |  June 20 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

After his first concert with Bach’s Goldberg Variations, Levit will now interpret the Diabelli Variations, Ludwig van Beethoven’s last work for piano. “In this work,” Levit says, “Beethoven asks who he is. And who we are.” The masterpiece from the Viennese classical era will be followed by The People United Will Never Be Defeated by American composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski, a student of Luigi Dallapiccola, whose variations are based on the Chilean protest song El pueblo unido jamás será vencido by Sergio Ortega.

Sadko  |  June 20 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

This magical opera by Rimsky-Korsakov tells the story of the artist Sadko who, through his art, wishes to convince others to escape their isolation and discover new worlds. However, his dream is met with hostility. Only Volkhova, the daughter of the Sea King, enraptured by Sadko’s music, helps him to realise his visionary ideas.

Otello  |  June 21 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde. Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty. Otello murders the innocent Desdemona. Confessions by Iago’s accomplices lead to the revelation of Iago’s plot. Appalled by the wrong he has committed, Otello kills himself.

L'elisir d'amore  |  June 22 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Village boy Nemorino is besotted with the wealthy Adina. She rejects his declarations of love – but fortunately the quack Doctor Dulcamara is on hand with a ‘love potion’ to help him win her heart. Adina seems to remain immune to Dulcamara’s potion and agrees to marry the arrogant Sergeant Belcore. Luckily, at the last moment she realizes she really does love Nemorino. Laurent Pelly’s sunny production of Donizetti’s joyous opera returns with two world-class casts, led by Pretty Yende and Liparit Avetisyan, and Aleksandra Kurzak and Roberto Alagna.

Scharoun Ensemble Berlin & Emmanuel Pahud  |  June 22 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Philharmonie, Berlin

Franz Schubert’s famous octet in F major with its folksy, dance-like style in the context of two contemporary pieces of music: Isang Yun’s chamber music work Distanzen, in which the Korean composer deals with the oppositions between heaven and earth, man and woman, nature and mankind, and Michael Jarrell’s flute concerto ...un temps de silence..., heard for the first time in a version for chamber ensemble. The programme’s interpreters are the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin and the Philharmonic principal flutist Emmanuel Pahud.

Otello  |  June 24 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde. Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty. Otello murders the innocent Desdemona. Confessions by Iago’s accomplices lead to the revelation of Iago’s plot. Appalled by the wrong he has committed, Otello kills himself.

Sadko  |  June 24 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

This magical opera by Rimsky-Korsakov tells the story of the artist Sadko who, through his art, wishes to convince others to escape their isolation and discover new worlds. However, his dream is met with hostility. Only Volkhova, the daughter of the Sea King, enraptured by Sadko’s music, helps him to realise his visionary ideas.

Mitridate, re di Ponto  |  June 26 2017 - 18:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Farnace and Sifare, sons of the mighty warrior Mitridate, both love their father’s fiancée Aspasia. While Sifare is determined to remain loyal to his father, Farnace vows never to yield. Mitridate discovers that Farnace is preparing to betray him to their enemies, and that Sifare and Aspasia love each other. He swears vengeance on them all, and marches into battle. Sifare and Farnace escape their imprisonment to join him. Mitridate dies from his wounds, finally reconciled with his family.

Ian Bostridge  |  June 26 2017 - 20:00

Venue : Centre for Fine Arts, Bruxelles

The celebrated British tenor Ian Bostridge excels in so very many musical fields. A regular performer in some of the major international concert hall, his CV includes an extensive repertoire, ranging from Bach to Britten. However, this evening, in the Théâtre des Galeries hall, his recital will be focused on the Romantics, performing an array of works by Schumann and Brahms. He is uniquely familiar with the two composers, as he has recorded so very many of Schuman's works, whilst tackling all of Bach's music.

La traviata  |  June 27 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship. Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo is distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest. When Violetta is on her deathbed Germont understands the extent of her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.

Rigoletto  |  June 27 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Opéra Bastille, Paris

Verdi’s hunchbacked jester is one of the most complex and tormented figures in the entire operatic repertoire: monstrous and heartbreaking, grotesque and sublime, this tragically doomed father who seeks to save his daughter from the clutches of the duke, will be the one to kill her. The role reaches its apogee in the aria “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, in which the descending movement, from Rigoletto’s explosion of rage to his begging, confirms Verdi’s capacity to adapt traditional bel canto to the demands of theatrical verisimilitude.

Otello  |  June 28 2017 - 19:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Antonio Pappano conducts a new production of Verdi’s thrilling Shakespeare-inspired opera directed by Keith Warner, starring Jonas Kaufmann and Gregory Kunde. Iago sows the seeds of jealousy in Otello’s mind, fabricating a story of an affair between Iago’s rival Cassio and Otello’s young wife Desdemona. Iago’s trickery cements Otello’s suspicion into mistaken certainty. Otello murders the innocent Desdemona. Confessions by Iago’s accomplices lead to the revelation of Iago’s plot. Appalled by the wrong he has committed, Otello kills himself.

Sadko  |  June 28 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

This magical opera by Rimsky-Korsakov tells the story of the artist Sadko who, through his art, wishes to convince others to escape their isolation and discover new worlds. However, his dream is met with hostility. Only Volkhova, the daughter of the Sea King, enraptured by Sadko’s music, helps him to realise his visionary ideas.

Mitridate, re di Ponto  |  June 29 2017 - 18:30

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Farnace and Sifare, sons of the mighty warrior Mitridate, both love their father’s fiancée Aspasia. While Sifare is determined to remain loyal to his father, Farnace vows never to yield. Mitridate discovers that Farnace is preparing to betray him to their enemies, and that Sifare and Aspasia love each other. He swears vengeance on them all, and marches into battle. Sifare and Farnace escape their imprisonment to join him. Mitridate dies from his wounds, finally reconciled with his family.

La traviata  |  June 30 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Royal Opera House, London

Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta fall passionately in love. But Alfredo’s father, Giorgio Germont, disapproves of their relationship. Germont convinces Violetta that she must leave Alfredo, for the family’s sake – not realizing that Violetta is very ill. Alfredo is distraught, believing that Violetta has left him out of self-interest. When Violetta is on her deathbed Germont understands the extent of her sacrifice. He confesses all to Alfredo, who is with Violetta as she dies.

Sadko  |  June 30 2017 - 19:00

Venue : Opera, Gent

This magical opera by Rimsky-Korsakov tells the story of the artist Sadko who, through his art, wishes to convince others to escape their isolation and discover new worlds. However, his dream is met with hostility. Only Volkhova, the daughter of the Sea King, enraptured by Sadko’s music, helps him to realise his visionary ideas.